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  1. Not the Same (University A Cappella Version)Ben Folds Presents: The Spartones From Greensboro, NC 4:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Jesusland (University A Cappella Version)Ben Folds Presents: The University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill's Loreleis 4:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Brick (University A Cappella Version)Ben Folds Presents: The Ohio University Leading Tones 4:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. You Don't Know Me (University A Cappella Version) [Explicit]Ben Folds Presents: The University Of Georgia's With Someone Else's Money 3:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. Still Fighting It (University A Cappella Version)Ben Folds Presents: The Washington University In St. Louis's Mosaic Whispers 4:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Boxing (University A Cappella Version)Ben Folds 4:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. Selfless, Cold and Composed (University A Cappella Version) [Explicit]Ben Folds Presents: The Sacramento State Jazz Singers 6:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Magic (University A Cappella Version)Ben Folds Presents: The University Of Chicago's Voices In Your Head 5:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Landed (University A Cappella Version)Ben Folds Presents: The University Of Colorado Buffoons 4:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. Time (University A Cappella Version)Ben Folds Presents: The Princeton Nassoons 4:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. Effington (University A Cappella Version)Ben Folds 3:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. Evaporated (University A Cappella Version)Ben Folds Presents: The Newtones From Newton, MA 5:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. Fred Jones, Pt. 2 (University A Cappella Version)Ben Folds Presents: The West Chester University Of Pennsylvania Gracenotes 3:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. Army (University A Cappella Version) [Explicit]Ben Folds Presents: The University Of Rochester Midnight Ramblers 3:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
15. Fair (University A Cappella Version)Ben Folds Presents: University Of Wisconsin - Eau Claire's Fifth Element 4:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
16. The Luckiest (University A Cappella Version)Ben Folds Presents: The Washington University In St. Louis Amateurs 4:49$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 28, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B001Q8FRSK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,224 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Kerry Marsh on April 28, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I'm the director of the Sacramento State Jazz Singers and the arranger of "Selfless, Cold and Composed" on this album, and I'm very proud to have been involved in its making. Ben is one of my favorite artists, and it's such an honor to have worked with him and his team on this project, the proceeds of which are going towards "Save the Music."

One of the goals/intents of this album was to present some of Ben's previous work in a new context for his listeners, and to give some exposure to some of the hard-working and talented amateur singers who've been putting together a cappella versions of his charts and posting videos to YouTube. Ben was cool enough not to worry about copyright infringement as some artists might, but instead he admired the passion of the groups (mostly college glee club types, student-directed with student arrangements) and chose to encourage other groups to submit their performances for a contest to make it onto this album. Over 200 groups submitted (or already had vids up), and these tracks (besides the two tracks by Ben himself) are the result. Most groups rerecorded their songs the Sac State Jazz Singers, as well as the U of Chicago, ended up using the original tracks from the submission, as Ben felt the quality was high enough to hang with the album.

Sac State's track, "Selfless, Cold and Composed," sounds a bit different from the rest of the project because my arrangement goes a bit further from the original and uses some thick jazz voicings, with some scat singing, as well. The way the album is assembled, though, our track seems to fit in well, and the following track by U of Chicago, "Magic," is incredibly well-written, sung and produced. Other favorites of mine are "Not the Same," "You Don't Know Me," "Fair" and, of course, Ben's two tracks, "Effington" and "Boxing." The album has gotten a lot of media attention, and I hope it helps create new fans of a cappella and of Ben Folds!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mike on April 28, 2009
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It's so awesome to hear these songs re-interpreted this way! Not only is there incredible creativity in the arrangements on the album, but there's also the added impact of knowing that these songs were sung, mostly live, without instruments. You can tell that the groups were really thinking about the meanings and the emotional content of the songs -- it comes through quite clearly.

The first person to rate the album based their rating on a technical problem with hearing samples on the amazon.com website, not based on the quality of the album. Don't be fooled by people who haven't heard the album they submit a rating for!

My assessment -- the whole thing is terrific.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By George Richardson on April 28, 2009
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this was absolutely astounding!! I'd never really appreciated accapella, though I am an avid fan of Folds, however, upon listening to this cd I was struck by how, for lack of a better phrase, damn good it was!! I highly recommend this to all even if accapella is not your thing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Wells on August 1, 2009
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I was turned on to this CD for 2 reasons - 1. it was a project by Folds, and 2. it featured his tunes in a new light - vocal groups singing Folds tunes from colleges around the US. After checking out many auditions for this project on Youtube, I honestly expected the music to sound a bit more.... interesting. Most of the arrangements don't really push the envelope for creative arranging, and stick very close to the originals recorded by Folds. Many of the tunes follow the same format: One lone singer doing the melody, with the rest of the group laying down chords and/or some ostinato rhythms underneath the melody.

It was worth the purchase just to hear his tunes in a new way. However, I'd like to hear another disc with more groups included, such as the group Dischords from Michigan State University that did an arrangement of "Missing the War", and the Penn State Pennharmonics doing "Gone", etc...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chad Wollenberg on April 30, 2009
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At first I thought, wow, I've not paid 12 dollars for an album in years. This album is worth that and then some. Anyone who is a Ben Folds fan must listen to this album. A recommendation is to get past the first song without judgment. Not that the first song is bad, but you may be misled. Every song on this album has a different style. The clear talent of all of the singers is prevalent from the start, and you can not go wrong with the tracks Ben sings on. I went from skeptic to lover in one go around.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Martin on June 27, 2009
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I have always been a fan of Ben Folds, but I have been a bit concerned with the quality of his last two solo albums. Not that they're bad, but they just don't quite hold up to the material on his first solo album or his records with Ben Folds Five. So what an absolute pleasure it is to listen to this album and be reminded how great his music is. Who knew that all he needed to do was to have the songs performed acapella?

Working with a very gifted group of university acapella performers, Folds presents some of his best songs from his solo work and his days with Ben Folds Five without any instruments at all, other than human voices. It's amazing how well the songs translate to this medium. The songs are so melodic that the singers are able to easily wrap their vocies around them and elevate them to new levels. Many of the acapella versions, if not all, are better than the originals. Every song is teriffic, but nothing can top "Magic", which is guaranteed to give you goose bumps. If id doesn't, then you need to check your pulse.

There are a couple of questionable selections here such as "Effington" and "Time". They're not bad songs, but I think listeners would have been better served if they had been replaced by songs such as "Mess", "Smoke", or "Kate",to name just a few. But this is a minor quibble with what is otherwise an excellent album....easily one of the year's best. So sit back, relax, and discover the music of Ben Folds all over again.
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you were right though, no? These sample tracks aren't even A Cappella, much less college groups singing Ben Folds stuff...
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